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    This book is a state-of-the-art reference to using surgical lasers to treat animal patients. Encompassing theory and practice, it emphasizes procedures, techniques, and equipment, with specific recommendations for laser settings.   While most of the procedures emphasize surgeries on dogs and cats, this practical guide also dedicates chapters to equine, small mammal, avian, aquatic animal, and reptile surgeries, making it an excellent clinical reference for any busy veterinarian. 

    The book begins with background information on the theory and science of laser surgery, then details specific surgical procedures with step-by-step instructions and accompanying photographs. The next section provides practical guidance for incorporating lasers into the veterinary practice, and the final section offers a look at the future of lasers in veterinary medicine and surgery. A companion website features video clips of surgery procedures. 

    ·         Presents a state-of-the-art guide to using laser surgery in veterinary practice, from theory and procedures to techniques and equipment

    ·         Focuses on dogs and cats, including specialties such as ophthalmic laser surgery, laser neurosurgery, and photodynamic therapy, with chapters on equine, small mammal, avian, aquatic animal, and reptile surgeries

    ·         Draws on the experience of more than 20 experts in various areas

    ·         Provides practical advice for incorporating laser surgery into the veterinary practice, with the heart of the book devoted to specific surgical procedures

    ·         Includes specific recommendations for laser settings and techniques for the procedures discussed

    ·         Offers video clips demonstrating surgical techniques on a companion website 

    Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine is an essential resource for anyone using surgical lasers in veterinary medicine, including veterinary students, practitioners, and specialists.



    Dedication and Acknowledgments viii

    About the Editor ix

    Foreword x

    Preface xii

    List of Contributors xv

    Disclaimer xvii

    About the Companion Website xviii

    Part I The Science of Laser Surgery 1

    1 Laser Physics and Equipment 3
    Peter Vitruk

    2 Understanding and Utilizing Power Density 14
    Noel Berger

    3 Laser–Tissue Interaction: Selecting a Laser for Surgery 22
    Christopher J. Winkler

    4 The Ideal Laser Scalpel 32
    Peter Vitruk

    5 Combining Laser Surgery with Laser Therapy (Photobiomodulation) 42
    David S. Bradley

    6 Laser Safety in the Operating Theater 52
    Christopher J. Winkler

    Part II Laser Surgery in Canines and Felines 61

    7 Elective Laser Surgery Procedures 63
    Paul Sessa and Andrew Brockfield

    8 Oral Laser Surgery Procedures 84
    Jan Bellows

    9 Laser Surgery Procedures of the Nose and Throat 99
    Ray A. Arza

    10 Laser Surgery Procedures of the Ear 106
    Louis N. Gotthelf

    11 Periorbital and Eyelid Laser Surgery Procedures 116
    Daniel M. Core

    12 Ophthalmic Lasers for the Treatment of Glaucoma 129
    Noelle La Croix and Jay Wayne

    13 Dermatologic Laser Surgery Procedures 141
    David Duclos

    14 Urogenital and Perianal Laser Surgery Procedures 164
    William E. Schultz

    15 Oncological Laser Surgery Procedures 198
    Devin Cunningham and F. A. (Tony) Mann

    16 Laser Photodynamic Therapy Procedures 206
    Katalin Kovács

    17 Surgical Lasers in Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Small Animal Procedures 217
    David S. Sobel

    18 Laser Neurosurgical Procedures 239
    Gaemia Tracy

    Part III Laser Surgery in Equines 245

    19 Equine Laser Surgery Procedures 247
    Lloyd P. Tate and Kathryn B. Tate

    Part IV Laser Surgery in Exotics Species 265

    20 Laser Surgery Procedures in Small Exotic Animals (Small Mammals, Reptiles, and Avians) 267
    Eva Hadzima, Maros Pazej, and Katherine Weston

    21 Laser Surgery in Aquatic Animals (Sea Turtles) 292
    Brooke M. Burkhalter and Terry M. Norton

    Part V Integrating Surgical Lasers in Your Veterinary Practice 313

    22 Tips and Tricks for Veterinary Laser Surgeons 315
    Les “Laser Les” Lattin

    23 Pain Management in Laser Surgery Procedures 320
    Noel Berger

    24 Laser Surgery in the Mobile Practice 324
    Janine S. Dismukes

    25 Economic Considerations for Laser Surgery 327
    John C. Godbold, Jr

    Part VI The Future of Lasers in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery 335

    26 The Future of Lasers in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery 337
    Christopher J. Winkler

    Appendix A: Glossary 341

    Appendix B: Certifying and Academic Laser Organizations 346

    Appendix C: Tables of Laser Settings 347

    Index 359